Mechanical engineering major (with a peace engineering minor) Pascale Kunda ’21 was voted this year’s Tommie Award winner by students, faculty and staff. She was recognized as a senior who best represents the ideals of St. Thomas Aquinas through scholarship, leadership and campus involvement. Kunda is the first engineering major to receive the Tommie Award. In a nomination submitted by Dr. John Wentz, associate professor and mechanical engineering chair, he described Kunda as PASCALE KUNDA ’21 RECEIVES TOP STUDENT AWARD
a “model St. Thomas student.” “She exemplifies the vision and
commitments that we hold dear at St. Thomas: excellence in academics, leadership, and involvement, all while serving the common good,” Wentz wrote.
Kunda is also part of the engineering student alumni mentoring program. In 2019, she returned to her home country of Rwanda to repair hospital equipment through the Engineers for World Health program. Pascale Kunda
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